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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
What's the Hurry, Fox? and Other Animal Stories

What's the Hurry, Fox? and Other Animal Stories

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Adapted By: Joyce Carol Thomas
Compiled By: Zora Neale Hurston
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
ISBN: 0-06-000643-9
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Review:
Ever wonder why cats and dogs don’t get along, or why exactly it is that flies land on your food? Originally gathered by Zora Neale Hurston and newly adapted by Joyce Carol Thomas, this folksy collection of animal tales provides gently humorous answers in the oral tradition. Hurston, celebrated for both her fiction and her attention to folklore and anthropology, made it a point to record and preserve tales previously known only to southern rural African-American communities, recognizing how easily they would be lost to subsequent generations if they were not written down. Now with such preservation of folklore, children can learn why, perhaps, frogs have such bulging eyes and why moles have practically no eyes at all (hint: they swapped long ago). Bryan Collier’s collages are a nice supplement to the text (especially the laughing portrait of Hurston on the last page), but it’s really the folktales themselves that are of interest, as an important slice of Americana.
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.


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